Saturday, December 16, 2006

Hi, my name is...

Cat currently known as Darfield

Meet the new member of our family. He's four years old and is the sweetest and friendliest cat I've ever met. His previous owner named him Darfield, but we're not crazy about the name. We're trying to decide on a new one but so far we've got nothing, although Zeb's brother Bjorn insists on calling him "Squeezer."

Friday, December 08, 2006

Zig Zag Conundrum

Having made significant process on the my other Christmas projects I decided to begin some new ones. Enter Zig Zag stripes:

Zig Zag stripes

I'm making the adult version (the one on the left) for my friend Miriam who's a fan of bright colors and fun designs. The pattern is ridiculously easy, which is great because with about 2 weeks left until Christmas I don't have the time for elaborate designs. The challenge is keeping all the different balls of yarn from tangling. I find myself having to untangle yarn every couple of rows and it's getting pretty damn annoying. Here's what I've got so far:

Zig Zag under construction

Damn, that is one craptastic photo! The horrible lighting! The boring composition! I seriously need to enroll in some photography classes. Anyway, notice how the bottom half of the scarf looks a little crooked? Well that's because instead of cutting the yarns before switching to a new color I've been carrying them on the right side along with the working yarn until I need them again. The result is the scarf isn't draping properly because the right side has a little more weight to it. Regardless, I've been plodding along telling myself it looks okay and I'm perfectly fine with it but it's bugging me. I should just stop and frog the damn thing before I get too far but I'm not sure what to do to correct the problem. As far as I know the only alternative is cutting the yarn after I'm done with it but then I'd have a million ends to weave in afterwards. Suggestions, anyone?